Thursday, August 14, 2008

Prayers For My Late Mother-In-Law

Last Sunday, we had Chinese prayers for my mother-in-law who passed away last year. It was just a simple prayer at home with the attendance of some close relatives. The prayers were held in conjunction with my late MIL’s 1st year death anniversary. I was told that for 1st year anniversary, the prayers have to be on the deceased’s birthday and not the day he/she departed. In fact, I never knew about this practice until I was informed on it.

For the said prayers, we prepared lots of food (my late MIL’s favourites) to offer on the prayers table. That’s how the prayer table looks like with all the food items placed to the brim:

Homecooked food consists of fried fish (Tilapia), stir fried pork with sliced ginger and spring onions, steamed chicken, fried 'wanton', creamy butter prawns, stir fried vegetables.

We bought the following items: assorted fruits, portugese egg tarts, pau, colourful nyonya kuih, durian, 'loh mai kai' (steamed glutinous rice) and a birthday cake. Hubby's aunty brought over 1 1/2 roasted duck and 'siew yok' (roasted pork).

This was the creamy butter prawns I cooked on that day. For this dish you will need -big prawns, butter or margarine, 1 can of evaporated milk, lots of curry leaves and chilli padi and of course, some salt and sugar for seasoning. Very simple and delicious! Using the same ingredients and method, this creamy butter sauce goes very well with crabs too.


sue said...

Wow, those prawns do look nice... care to share the recipe?

JO-N said...

That's a lot of food and the butter prawn looks good!!

Fussy mum said...

Hi Sue,
Here's the recipe for the prawn dish:

600g-1kg of medium large prawns
3 tbsp butter/margarine
1 can evaporated milk
chillies padi
5 sprigs of curry leaves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

1. Deep fry the prawns, drain and set aside.
2. Heat butter/margarine in a wok until melted then add the milk. Gently simmer the mixture over a medium heat. Add the curry leaves, chilli padi, salt and sugar. Simmer for 10–15 minutes. Add thickening and stir gently over a very low heat until sauce is thick and glossy in texture.
3. Return prawns to the mixture and cook over a very low heat for about 1 minute. Dish out and serve immediately.

If you like the taste of butter and milk, you should give this dish a try....i love the creamy texture of the sauce. Simply delicious!! and easy to cook too!

Health Freak Mommy said...

Wooo, the food looks so good!

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